A solo show by Kerstin Möller will open Thursday December 7th at 3pm - 5pm in Hulduland, Laugarnesvegur 91. The exhibition is a part of solo exhibitions by first year students in MA Fine Art Programme (along with 2nd year MA exchange students) at the Icelandic Art Academy.
Melting Bodies is a multi-media installation that examines emotional and physical states of being at home and feeling at home, in times of change.
Since the 19th century, when many people moved from their homelands to cities and industrial centres with the advent of industrialization, the homeland held connotations of being the place of origin and belonging, a place of familiarity, a shelter as well as the idyllic homeland.
Home was where you were understood, where language and customs are familiar.
What is today perceived by many as vanishing familiarity of their home, can often be observed in relation to aggressive rejection of the foreign, the other, the immigrant, but also of the new or unfamiliar; a notion which Hermann Lübbe calls “Vertrautheitsschwund” - the loss of familiarity and its associated fear respectively, as a social condition.
My project seeks to enter this discourse about home and homeland, but from a different and less nation state focussed, more basic angle, that is somewhat dreamy and utopian. Embracing the notion of home as a state in constant change, what was familiar yesterday maybe strange and new tomorrow and vice versa.
The project aims to explore concepts of home in contexts of comfort and shelter, independent of a nation state and citizenship, but one that centres on our planet and our body as home, home as a physical entity, from the womb as our first home and the (global) shifts that occur on and with our planet. Drawing on indigenous knowledge and appreciation of the planet, the soil as a mothering nature and kinship with all living and growing beings.
Spark Plugs is series of solo exhibitions by first year students in MA Fine Art Programme (along with our 2nd year MA exchange students) at the Icelandic Art Academy. The exhibitions are realized in different ways but are all a kind of spark plugs and an elaboration of ideas and processes of students to date.
Openings will take place on Fridays (and one Thursday) at 3pm in Kubburinn (2nd florr) and Hulduland (1stfloor) the department’s exhibition spaces at Laugarnesvegur 91. The exhibtions are only open on the opening day and or over the following weekend in conversation with each artist.